Charles Darwin's Barnacle and David Bowie's Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels


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Yale University Press
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5.6 X 1.1 X 8.4 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Stephen B. Heard is professor of biology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He is the author of The Scientist's Guide to Writing: How to Write Easily and Effectively Throughout Your Scientific Career.


"In Charles Darwin's Barnacle and David Bowie's Spider, Stephen Heard tells some of the remarkable stories behind the names of species--and teaches us about how scientists make sense of the natural world along the way. A true pleasure to read."--Carl Zimmer, author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
"More fun than you've ever had with taxonomy in your whole entire life! Delightfully written, thoroughly researched, makes you want to learn Latin, and will give good dinner party stories forever."--Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, and PhD in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology
"Charles Darwin's Barnacle and David Bowie's Spider is carefully researched, well-written, and contains a wealth of insightful comments. Stephen Heard is a talented writer with a good sense of humor, and he knows how to tell a story."--Paul Faber, Oregon State University
"Stephen Heard's prose fairly sings with enthusiasm, and he presents truly fascinating stories about the names of living things - stories I guarantee you've never heard before."--Daniel Lewis, author of Belonging on an Island
"In a poignant, precise, and friendly style, Stephen Heard introduces the foibles of Western science--or, perhaps more accurately, Western scientists. The result is beautiful, welcoming, and illuminating."--Nicole Palffy-Muhoray, Yale Peabody Museum